The True Oil And Gas Narrative

Where Are The Oil Jobs?

Government has put in place policy, legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks to ensure National Content development in the oil and gas sector, specifically during the development phase where the bulk of the opportunities are.

1. Which opportunities are available for Ugandans in the oil and gas sector?

There will be opportunities for employment and service provision. The Industrial Baseline Study estimates over 160,000 jobs to be created during the next phase of exploration and the development of the fields at Professional, Technical/ Artisan and Unskilled levels from direct, indirect and induced opportunities.

The study also identifies 25 critical industries with high potential for National Content for Uganda.

These are;

  • Civil construction
  • Site safety and security
  • Road construction
  • Bulk material
  • Cement
  • Catering
  • Domestic airline services
  • Facility management
  • Food supply
  • Fuel wholesale
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Generic waste management
  • General maintenance
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Light equipment
  • Manpower consultancy
  • Mechanical construction
  • Production operations
  • Structural/flat steel
  • Technical consulting
  • Transport & Logistics (Goods)
  •  Transportation (People)
  • Vendors
  • Work safety products
  • Reinforcement steel manufacturing

The National Content Regulations further provide for fifteen categories of goods and services reserved for Ugandan suppliers;

  • Transportation.
  • Security.
  • Foods and beverages.
  • Hotel accommodation and catering.
  • Human resource management.
  • Office supplies.
  • Fuel supply.
  • Land surveying.
  • Clearing and forwarding.
  • Crane hire.
  • Locally available construction materials.
  • Civil works.
  • Environment studies and impact assessments.
  • Communications and information technology services.
  • Waste management, where possible.

2. It is estimated that between $15 and $20b will be spent by oil companies during the development phase. What is being done to ensure part of this money is earned by Ugandans?

Government has put in place policy, legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks to ensure National Content development in the oil and gas sector, specifically during the development phase where the bulk of the opportunities are.

This framework gives first priority of employment and supply of goods and services to Ugandans where capacity is available in the country.

Where capacity is lacking, Government is working with the licensees, development partners and the private sector to build the necessary capacity of Ugandan citizens and companies to benefit from the available opportunities.

This is being undertaken in line with the workforce skills development strategy and plan and the industrial baseline study. Some of the efforts include,

  • Regulating in-flow of expatriates into the country,
  • Supporting national enterprises to acquire contracts for goods and service
  • Emphasizing capacity building and enhancing the capacity of Ugandan institutions
    to provide required training at all levels.
  • Dissemination of information on the oil and gas industry requirements such as
    manpower and services among others,
  • Putting in place an Enterprise Enhancement Center to raise the standards of
    businesses and entrepreneurs,
  • Development of a National Suppliers’ Database and a National Talent Register,
  • Development of standards for goods and services reserved for Ugandans among
    other measures
  • Planning for an Agriculture Support Development Program

3. How can one get a job in the oil and gas sector?

There are both technical and non-technical employment opportunities in the oil and gas sector. These include opportunities for qualified Geoscientists, Engineers, Economists, Accountants, Social Work, among others.

These opportunities are advertised in the media and are competitive. The unskilled jobs in the exploration areas
are offered based on recommendations made by the community leaders in the areas where the operations take place.

The oil and gas sector, is however, not a mass employer but offers more opportunities in service provision and spill over benefits through other sectors such as clearing and forwarding, ICT, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, construction which are also growing.

4. How is Government ensuring that Ugandans attain the required qualifications to participate in the sector?

The Uganda petroleum Institute at Kigumba was started by Government during 2009 to offer technical training to
Ugandans on petroleum related disciplines.

In addition Makerere University commenced a BSc degree in Petroleum Geoscience in 2010 and an Msc in Petroleum Geoscience during 2012.

Government will continue to work with other universities and institutions across the country to
support the development of petroleum training in the country.

As these initial capacity building efforts are being taken forward, MEMD with support from World Bank undertook a comprehensive study on the skills requirement for the entire petroleum value chain in the country.

This study documented the skills required for exploration, development, production, refining and transportation at the artisan, technical and professional levels of education.

In line with the recommendations, Government has supported acquisition of international certification such as City and Guilds and OPITO by private and public training institutions.

Government has continued to prioritize capacity building of Officers from different institutions taking forward the development of the Oil and Gas Sector in the Country, including; Ministries of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Energy and Mineral
Development, Water and Environment, NEMA, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, Office of the Auditor General and Bank of Uganda among others.

To date over 200 officers have been trained at post graduate level specializing in different petroleum disciplines. In addition, specialized short term training programs are also undertaken.

Source: Directorate Of Petroleum